News & Updates Archive (2020)

Saif Rjaibi and Judy Xia to compete at 2020 Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference

By Branden Wesseling | August 31, 2020 | Comments Off on Saif Rjaibi and Judy Xia to compete at 2020 Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference

After presenting at the virtual CSChE Summer Symposium organized by the CSChE U of T student chapter, Saif Rjaibi (ChemE 2T1) and Judy Xia (ChemE 2T2+PEY) have been selected to compete at the 2020 Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference in the Robert G. Auld Student Paper Competition taking place in October 2020. Rjaibi and Xia’s papers… Read more »

Re-engineered enzyme could help reverse damage from spinal cord injury and stroke

By Branden Wesseling | August 24, 2020 | Comments Off on Re-engineered enzyme could help reverse damage from spinal cord injury and stroke

Story by Tyler Irving, U of T Engineering News A team of researchers from U of T Engineering and the University of Michigan has redesigned and enhanced a natural enzyme that shows promise in promoting the regrowth of nerve tissue following injury. Their new version is more stable than the protein that occurs in nature,… Read more »

Prof. Jane Howe among five U of T Engineering researchers to receive funding for new research tools

By Branden Wesseling | August 19, 2020 | Comments Off on Prof. Jane Howe among five U of T Engineering researchers to receive funding for new research tools

Professor Jane Howe (MSE, ChemE) is among five U of T Engineering researchers to receive funding for new research tools through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF). The fund provides researchers with foundational tools and infrastructure, enabling research discovery and innovation. Howe received funding for an advanced scanning electron… Read more »

ChemE alumna, Krystal Pollitt, discusses aerosol dispersion in subway cars in New York Times

By Branden Wesseling | August 18, 2020 | Comments Off on ChemE alumna, Krystal Pollitt, discusses aerosol dispersion in subway cars in New York Times

What happens to viral particles on the subway? ChemE alumna and assistant professor at Yale University, Krystal Pollitt (ChemE 0T5, MASc 0T7), discusses this question in an interview with the New York Times. Read the full interview >>

Incoming ChemE student, Sofia Zamorano, talks back to school on CBC Radio

By Branden Wesseling | August 18, 2020 | Comments Off on Incoming ChemE student, Sofia Zamorano, talks back to school on CBC Radio

Incoming ChemE student, Sofia Zamorano, talks with CBC Radio: Here and Now about her choice to live in residence and what that looks like when she starts at U of T this Fall. Listen to the full interview >>

Prof. Molly Shoichet and her research team develop cell injection technique that could help reverse vision loss

By Branden Wesseling | August 13, 2020 | Comments Off on Prof. Molly Shoichet and her research team develop cell injection technique that could help reverse vision loss

By Tyler Irving, U of T Engineering News University Professor Molly Shoichet (ChemE, BME) and her researcher team have developed a new method of injecting healthy cells into damaged eyes. The technique could point the way toward new treatments with the potential to reverse forms of vision loss that are currently incurable. Around the world,… Read more »

Prof. Greg Evans featured on Global News to discuss open letter to WHO regarding airborne spread of COVID-19

By Branden Wesseling | July 8, 2020 | Comments Off on Prof. Greg Evans featured on Global News to discuss open letter to WHO regarding airborne spread of COVID-19
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Professor Greg Evans (ChemE, ISTEP) was featured in a Global News segment to discuss evolving evidence that COVID-19 can be transmitted through microscopic airborne water droplets, such as sneezes and coughs, which have the potential to exceed a two metre distance and travel in enclosed spaces. The interview comes after 239 experts across 32 countries… Read more »

ChemE students spark new solutions for COVID-19 challenges

By Branden Wesseling | July 3, 2020 | Comments Off on ChemE students spark new solutions for COVID-19 challenges
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As the COVID-19 pandemic rearranged the plans of students across U of T Engineering over the past few months, one question was on many minds: what can I do to help? Now, dozens of students are taking action. The U of T COVID-19 Student Engagement Awards were created to fund inspiring innovations designed to respond… Read more »

Amber Molecular Inc., a U of T Engineering startup, secures $5M Series A investment

By Branden Wesseling | July 2, 2020 | Comments Off on Amber Molecular Inc., a U of T Engineering startup, secures $5M Series A investment

U of T Engineering startup, Amber Molecular Inc., recently closed their $5 million Series A fundraising round, led by Silicon Valley based Phoenix Venture Partners LLC. Amber Molecular is commercializing new materials for use in the OLED displays used in smartphones, TVs, wearables and VR headsets. The co-founding team of Professor Tim Bender (ChemE), Richard… Read more »

Seven ChemE graduate students place in first-ever virtual U of T Engineering Research Conference

By Branden Wesseling | June 22, 2020 | Comments Off on Seven ChemE graduate students place in first-ever virtual U of T Engineering Research Conference

Between the second and third week of June 2020, U of T Engineering held its first-ever virtual research conference. The conference featured the latest in undergraduate and graduate research in six key areas: advanced manufacturing; data analytics and artificial intelligence; human health; robotics; sustainability; and water. At the end of the conference, 21 awards were… Read more »

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